Campus Equity Week Toolkit
October 24-28, 2022 • Ideas and tools for campus education and activism
Campus Equity Week is a time of education and activism that draws attention to the working conditions of faculty working on temporary, low-paid contracts, who now constitute the majority of college instructors. In general, the time to plan actions is during the last two weeks of October.
Officially, the date for Campus Equity Week is October 24-28, but what’s more important is that campus communities (faculty, students, staff, and administrators) get the word out this fall about our campaign to secure healthcare for part-time faculty.
This toolkit compiled by the CFT Part-Time Faculty Committee and contains materials to plan activities in your local union. Make it happen at your campus this year!
With our Part-Time Faculty Campaign fully underway this year, Campus Equity Week 2022 packs a special punch.
During Phase 1 of our campaign, member action secured $200 million in ongoing state funds to finance healthcare for part-time faculty. In Phase 2, we are developing “coordinated collective bargaining” across the state to negotiate the monies into local union contracts. As part of Campus Equity Week, we will be supporting:
- Negotiating healthcare for part-time faculty
- Organizing member actions to support negotiations
- Building Contract Action Teams (CATs)
- We are planning citywide public actions.
- We are encouraging local board actions.
AFT SIGNS & FLYERS
The following resources have been provided by the AFT for Campus Equity Week and other campus actions.
There are four message signs and one blank sign. The message signs have a blank back for additional local messaging. The rally signs are 17 inches x 11 inches.
This series of flyers is based on the AFT’s 2019 nationwide survey of contingent faculty—the Contingent Faculty Quality of Life Survey. The 52-question survey was completed by 3,076 contingent faculty—part-time faculty, full-time non-tenure track faculty, and graduate employees. AFT was able to draw some robust conclusions about the conditions faced by this new majority of college faculty in the United States. Read our story about the survey results.
FOR FACULTY & STUDENTS
Letters to Faculty
Resources to Share with Students
Resources for Working with Student Groups
Ten Action Items
News articles from the general media take deep dives into the inequity in higher education.
Adjuncts and Poverty
Life in academic poverty as an underpaid university teacher: They
just don’t want to pay
Experience “heartbreaking stories from the academic underclass,” including some of our own CFT members who teach at community colleges and universities in this article published by Salon.